The 'Left Unity in Aotearoa' meeting that was part of Socialist Worker's national conference agreed to present the following proposals for wider discussion amongst NZ eco-leftists:
1) Climate Change/Social Change conference in New Zealand in early 2012
The 'Left Unity in Aotearoa' meeting agreed to support the call made by Sue Bradford on her Facebook page for NZ activists to attend the Climate Change/Social Change conference in Melbourne (30 Sept - 3 October). And that activists in this country should look to cooperate around organising a New Zealand 'Climate Change/Social Change' conference in early 2012.
David Colyer was nominated by the meeting to liaise with other eco-leftists about organising a 'Climate Change/Social Change' conference on this side of the Tasman.
2) Supporting left parties for the 2011 General Election
Two proposals for how the left should relate to the 2011 General Election were voiced at the meeting. It was agreed that both these proposals should be presented for discussion amongst New Zealand eco-leftists (NOTE: no decision was made by the meeting to support one or other of the proposals). They are:
a) From Peter Hughes:
“For the 2011 General Election eco-leftists support the Green Party or the Mana Party for the party list vote, the Mana Party on the Maori roll, and the best left candidate in each electorate.”
b) From Bob van Ruyssevelt:
A New Left Party? An invitation. Click the link to read Bob's proposal.
If you have some thoughts on these proposals, make a comment below. Or forward a longer contribution to email@example.com and we'll post them up on UNITYblog.
Chair of 'Left Unity in Aotearoa' meeting, 23 April 2011